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Hall of Fame Honorees

2001 Members

Robert  L. Haught

Robert L. Haught

Inducted: 2001 ROBERT L. HAUGHT (1930- ) has been putting words to paper most of his life, beginning on a church newsletter in Marlow. At Southwestern in Weatherford and at the University of Oklahoma he worked on the school newspaper. He drew cartoons for the...

H.C. Neal

H.C. Neal

Inducted: 2001 H.C. NEAL (1922-2002) a native of Amarillo, began his journalism career when he took over the yearbook editor's job in the middle of the semester at Oklahoma City University. He served in the Army as a paratrooper in WWII and Korea. He became news...

Maebeth “Beth” Ray

Maebeth “Beth” Ray

Inducted: 2001 MAEBETH "BETH" RAY (1927- ) has worked on newspapers for 68 years, beginning at age 6 when she swept out her parents' Vici Beacon. She graduated from Oklahoma A&M College linotype School and worked as an operator at the Lawton Constitution and...

Mark Singer

Mark Singer

Inducted: 2001 MARK SINGER (1950- ) went to work for the New Yorker magazine in 1974 at age 23, perhaps the youngest person hired there as staff writer, to work on "Talk of the Town" pieces, and longer feature stories. The Tulsa native attended Yale University and...

Jack D. Willis

Jack D. Willis

Inducted: 2001 JACK D. WILLIS (1940- ) worked at the Muskogee Daily Phoenix and Times Democrat for 19 years, and was in charge of the news department until 1993, serving as a mentor for many journalists, including Pulitzer Prize winners. His staff won many state and...

Pendleton Woods

Pendleton Woods

Inducted: 2001 PENDLETON WOODS (1923-2014) began his journalism career as editor of The Arkansas Traveler, the University of Arkansas’ student newspaper. A prisoner of war in Germany, he was commissioned after the war to serve as public information officer for the...

Osa Lee Banzett

Osa Lee Banzett

Inducted: 2001 OSA LEE BANZETT (1906-1977) was born in Indian Territory; graduated from Maysville High School and graduated from what is now the University of Central Oklahoma in 1927. She married Don Banzett, who founded the Edmond Booster. She worked side by side...

Ida B. Blackburn

Ida B. Blackburn

Inducted: 2001 IDA B. BLACKBURN (1929-2016) began a 43-year career in Oklahoma television as "Miss Ida" for the nationally syndicated Romper Room in 1958 on KOCO-TV. She created the magazine format program "At Home with Ida" in 1960. It was renamed "Dateline...

Milton B. Garber

Milton B. Garber

Inducted: 2001 MILTON B. GARBER (1912-1994) was editor and co-publisher of the Enid Morning News and Enid Daily Eagle for 40 years and served as chairman of the board when the papers sold in 1988. He attended Enid schools and earned a journalism degree from the...

How to Submit a Nomination

Selection Process

Honorees are selected by a committee comprised of hall of fame members, including its director, and distinguished leaders in journalism. The Selection Committee considers all nominations, both new ones and those held over from previous years, before selecting the honorees.

The 2022 Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame nominee submission deadline is Sunday, Ocober 31, 2021.

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